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<img src=http://www.kwmu.org/pic/speakersm.gif border=0> VOTE '06: 4th Senate race features five well-known Democrats


By Tom Weber, KWMU


St. Louis, MO – There will be a few new state Senators in Missouri next year, and one of them will be from St. Louis City.

Pat Dougherty is term-limited from running for his fourth district seat again.

Only Democrats are running replace him which means the next senator will be known next week.

KWMUs Tom Weber prepared this report.

4th Senate Race 2006

Candidate Amber Boykins Yaphett El-Amin Derio Gambaro Kenneth Jones Jeff Smith
Born (Age) Apr. 4, 1969 (37) Mar. 30, 1971 (35) Dec. 6, 1955 (50) Aug. 5, 1942 (64) Dec. 9, 1973 (32)

- B.S. in Finance & Management, Columbia College (1991)

- pursuing MBA at Webster University

- B.A. in Poltical Science, University of Arkansas - Pine Bluff (1994)

- pursuing M.A. in Public Administration, SIU-Edwardsville

- U.S. Air Force (1974-1976)

- B.S. in Plant Engineering, Parks College at St. Louis University (1979)

- took MBA classes at UM-St. Louis (1980-82)

- no college degree, trade unionist, completed various union apprenticeships

- B.A. in African-American Studies & Pol. Science, UNC - Chapel Hill (1996)

- M.A. in POLS, Washington Univ. (2001)

- PhD. in POLS, Washington Univ. (2005)

Family Married to Shaun Simms, who has a daughter, Adriana (10) Married to Talibdin, two children: Hasan (5), Ruqaiyah (1) married to Linda, four children: Anna (23), Derio (21), Catherine (19), Margaret (16) single, one child: Maisha never married
Political Experience - Mo. State Rep., 60th District (1999-present)

- Mo. State Rep., 57th District (2003-present)

- Mo State Rep., 65th District (1999-2003)

- St. Louis Election Board Director (2003-2005) (appointed by Gov.)

- St. Louis Alderman, Ward 22 (1983-2002) - never elected, ran for U.S. Congress in 2004 (finished 2nd in 10-person race)
Other facts

- Boykins & El-Amin represent neighboring MO House district, but both live in the First Ward.
- Jones lives in the 22nd ward, which is also in the same House district El-Amin represents.
- Jones is an Air Force veteran, having worked in a missile silo at Altus AFB in Oklahoma.
- Smith was a co-valedictorian of the Ladue-Watkins High class of '92.
- Boykins' & El-Amin's husbands are both running for the House seats their wives now hold.
- Smith has raised the most money this campaign ($231,000); Jones, the least ($4,500).
- Gambaro's family owns Missouri Baking Company, on the Hill; he worked there in high school.


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